83 F. average high for July 27.
89 F. high on July 27, 2011.
90+ F. high temperatures likely Sunday and Monday, possibly mid-90s Monday afternoon in the metro.
4-5 more days at or above 90 F. possible next week in the Twin Cities, adding to our subtotal of 24, to date.
+7.2 F. July temperatures are more than 7 F. warmer than average as of July 27.
47,577 warm weather records across the USA since January 1. Details from NOAA NCDC below.
Here We Go Again. No 100-degree heat in sight, but assuming the sun comes out Sunday (fairly likely) we should be good for 90-91 F. in the metro, maybe 92-95 F. on Monday. What a summer...
Turf Painting Spreads As Drought Ravages Lawns. Some residents of Indiana have just given up (on their lawns). It's easier to spray-paint it green than worry about rain (and mowing). The story from AP and Fox 35 Orlando; here's an excerpt: "INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - When this summer's drought turned her prized lawn brown, Terri LoPrimo fought back, but not with sprinklers: She had it painted green, making her suddenly lush-appearing yard the envy of her neighborhood. The Staten Island, N.Y., resident and her husband, Ronnie, hired a local entrepreneur to spruce up their yard by spraying it with a deep-green organic dye. By Monday, the couple's property was aglow with newly green blades of grass and no watering needed to sustain it. "It looks just like a spring lawn, the way it looks after a rain. It's really gorgeous," said LoPrimo, a 62-year-old retiree. With two-thirds of the nation covered by a drought that stretches from coast to coast, residents and businesses in normally well-watered areas are catching on to the lawn-painting practice employed for years in the West and Southwest to give luster to faded turf."
Photo credit above: "Ronnie Sharp, left, and Brandy Birdwell of Imperial Painting, spray turf paint on a drought ravished lawn outside a auto repair shop in Indianapolis, Friday, July 20, 2012. Without cutting the color will last four to six months." (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Tickets are $15 per person purchased the day of the tour. Advanced tickets may be purchased for $12 at the Carver-Scott Master Gardener website, Ambergate Garden Center, Victoria, Tonkadale Greenhouse, Minnetonka, and Glen Rose Floral, Chanhassen location only.
"The garden tour is from 10-4 and is hosted by the Carver County Master Gardeners (these are the gardens of the master gardener's themselves). It's a drive-yourself tour. Start at any of the 8 garden sites and drive to as many as you wish. Master Gardeners will be present at each garden to answer questions...tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the first garden you visit. There are 8 delightful gardens to experience with multiple features, including beautiful annual and perennial beds, koi ponds, waterfalls, container gardens, rock walls, winding paths, as well as rose and vegetable gardens." - Master Gardener Tricia Frostad (who's garden in Chanhassen is one of the 8 featured)
Another Heat Surge. I suspect the ECMWF model (above) is underestimating the heat Sunday, when highs should nudge 90 again in the metro, low to mid 90s possible Monday before a very slight cool-down Tuesday. Temperatures spike above 90 again next Wednesday, and again next weekend. We may see 4-5 more days at or above 90 next week.
* I have DirecTV, entered my e-mail and password and it worked like a charm. Kudos to NBC for taking a calculated risk and making events live to subscribers on their terms
13.05% of the state is in a severe drought, up from 7.32% of Minnesota a week ago.
"So far, extreme heat is the easiest to link to global warming after a research initiative led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the British Meteorological Office. "Heatwaves are easier to attribute than heavy rainfall, and drought is very difficult given evidence for large droughts in the past," said Gabriele Hegerl of the University of Edinburgh." - from a Reuters story below.
Photo credit above: "Grain bins are silhouetted against approaching storm clouds that unfortunately contain very little water Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Pleasant Plains, Ill. The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating. This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report highlights that the drought's severity is rapidly expanding across the nation." (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Photo credit above: "In this July 13, 2012 photo, the Memphis Queen riverboat moves down the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn. A year after nearly record floods, the Mississippi River level has dropped so low that it's beginning to affect commercial operations. Port managers worry that their passages to the river could fill up with silt, and barge operators may have to lighten their loads." AP Photo: Nikki Boertman.
Photo credit above: Travis Long/The News & Observer, via Associated Press. "Emergency repairs on a highway that buckled in triple-digit temperatures last month near Cary, N.C."
"The Twin Cities went from having an average of 13 cool summer days to 9, from 7 dangerously hot days to more than 11, and from 2 heat waves to 3 each summer."
- Heat waves lasting three days or more have become more common over the last six decades. St. Louis has approximately four more three-day heat waves each year than it did in the 1940s.
- On average, hot humid days have increased more rapidly in frequency, while hot dry days have increased in temperature more rapidly across the Midwest since the 1940s and 1950s.
- The meteorological characteristics of these weather types are also changing. In general, hot air masses have become hotter and more humid during nighttime hours.
- In some cities, average nighttime temperatures within some air mass types have increased as much as 4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (˚F) over the six decades.
- Relief from heat is harder to find—all of the cities studied now have fewer cool, dry days in the summer.
- The results aren’t due solely to an urban heat island effect on major cities. Less urban neighboring locations showed similar increases in hot summer air masses.
The advantages of "dual pol"?
* Better estimation of total precipitation amounts.
* Better estimation of the size distribution of hydrometeors (raindrops, snowflakes, hailstones, drizzle).
* Much improved ability to identify areas of extremely heavy rainfall that are closely linked with flash floods.
* Improved detection and mitigation of non-weather related radar echoes (chaff, smoke plumes, ground clutter).
* Easier identification of the melting layer (helpful for identifying snow levels in higher terrain).
* Improved ability to classify precipitation type.
Photo above courtesy of Reid Wolcott.
Photo credit above: Reuters.
Photo credit above: "Drivers and their vehicles are stranded on a flood road following a heavy rain, in Tianjin, China Thursday, July 26, 2012. Residents impatient for official updates compiled their own death tolls Thursday for last weekend's massive flooding in Beijing and snapped up survival gear following new forecasts of rain, reflecting deep mistrust of the government's handling of the disaster." (AP Photo)
"Ask Paul". Weather-related Q&A
"Hello Paul and everyone - attached should be a photo from (Thursday night), looking north from Isle Bay on Mille Lacs Lake. I was watching a Tyler Perry movie (his latest, really good), glanced over and wow, ran out to the neighbor's deck for the best shot. Being Up North, of course, had to make sure the dog didn't get her clock cleaned by a tomcat that had killed a careless teenage robin in the bushes, and a half hour later, watching the fading scene again from the house, a stinky skunk walked under the window, fortunately Herself the Princess dog was inside. Smelled a bear at the beach this morning too.
Just wanted to pass on some beauty and enjoyment of nature. It's so easy to get down with the climate changing before our eyes. Keep up the great work you guys."
Ruthann - thanks for a spectacular photo (and I'm glad your dog is OK). One of the things I love about Minnesota (one of many) is that we get a free show in the sky every day. I see more (wild) cloud formations here than any other spot in the USA. I'm amazed how every sky, every sunset and sunrise, can look so different. "Sky Therapy" can drop your blood pressure and help you get through a rough week. Appreciate the note.
London: Cool And Partly-Soggy. After a spell of 80s earlier this week more typical U.K. weather returns, just in time for the Summer Olympics. Significant rain is expected Sunday (highs from 68-70 F). The sun makes a cameo appearance Monday and Tuesday before more showers the latter half of the week. Excessive heat will not be an issue for athletes or fans the next 7-10 days.
Has The iPhone 5 Been Smuggled Out Of The Factory Already? Pure rumor and conjecture - but Apple fanboys are hanging on every juicy nugget. Details from Gizmodo: "A Chinese case manufacturer is showing what looks to be an iPhone 5 in their product shots. It looks like the white 3D prototype we published a while back—complete with its new 19-pin dock port. But could this really be a unit smuggled out of Foxconn's factory?"
Maybe it is"The possibility is certainly there. After all, it wouldn't be the first time that someone got their hands on an unreleased iPhone model smuggled out of a factory."
"Twapple?" Apple Officials Said To Consider Stake In Twitter. No, they're not really thinking of changing the name to Twapple. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Apple taking a major stake in Twitter? Very possibly, according to a story at The New York Times (subscription may be required): "Apple, which has stumbled in its efforts to get into social media, has talked with Twitter in recent months about making a strategic investment in it, according to people briefed on the matter. While Apple has been hugely successful in selling phones and tablets, it has little traction in social networking, which has become a major engine of activity on the Web and on mobile devices. Social media are increasingly influencing how people spend their time and money — an important consideration for Apple, which also sells applications, games, music and movies."
"You decided to sell your car? Here are 6 simple tips that will help you turn your used car into cash.
- Know the market. Price your car competitively. Use Edmunds Appraisal tool or Kelley Blue Book to determine the fair value of your car. Ask for slightly more money than you are actually willing to accept.
- Evaluate your car. Take it to a mechanic for a thorough inspection. If you choose to get the car inspected first and disclose the findings, you’re being honest and upfront.
- Give your car “curb appeal” by cleaning and detailing it."
Just About Perfect. Yes, it was a bit cloudier than I was expecting, but skies cleared by mid-afternoon, setting the stage for a phenomenal evening. I was at Target Field when the Twins beat up on the Indians 11-0; probably the best I've ever seen the Twins play (ever) under a crystal-clear sky. What a day. Statewide highs ranged from 73 at Duluth to 80 Twin Cities to 81 at Redwood Falls and St. Cloud.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:
* photo above courtesy of the Key West, Florida office of the National Weather Service.
Image above: NASA Earth Observatory.
Photo credit above: "A pedestrian walks across a bridge above a main road on a day with high air pollution in Beijing June 6, 2012." Credit: Reuters/David Gray.
Photo credit above: "A thunderstorm rumbles through Kansas (file picture)." Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic
Map credit above: "In this chart you can see that a very strong area of high pressure (in red shading surrounding Greenland) set up shop over Greenland during July, providing warmer than average air temperatures and clear skies to enhance surface melting." Credit: NOAA via Joe Witte.